Well, as you know, I LOVE Helena de Groot and Poetry Off the Shelf. She is such an intuitive and honest interviewer and always, always brings out the best in the poets she speaks with. This episode is exceptional. As if often the case, I was not familiar with the writer but now I cannot wait for his book to come out. Their talk touches on everything – family and how we make it, love, language, grief and how we process it – and I cannot recommend it enough. I cried. I smiled. I giggled, I laughed out loud. I listened to it whilst cleaning the remnants of two days in the kitchen and Thanksgiving dinner, something that always connects me to my history, my ancestors. That may have magnified the effect of their conversation. It is lengthier than some of her broadcasts but so, so worth your time.
Go for it. Put in your earbuds and stream it on your phone while you commute or tackle a mindless project you have been putting off. I believe you will be glad that you did.